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Abigail JacksonResearcher of the Week:
Abigail Jackson

Meet Abigail...
She is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, and a UBM Researcher. Her future plans is to pursue a PhD in chemistry with a focus in chemical biology. She is also a tutor the Chemistry Tutorial Center and a member of the Honors College.

Her research with the Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM) program explores melanopsin; a recently discovered photopigment found in intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs). These cells, known as intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, perceive light but are much slower to react to visual changes than the better-known rod and cone cells. They have been shown to affect circadian rhythms, the pupillary light reflex, and several other functions related to ambient light.

Read more about her research here...

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